Two more winter Spare the Air alerts were issued over this past holiday weekend, and once again hundreds of complaints were made about people burning wood fires in their homes.
Air quality officials are ready to crackdown after too many people ignored calls for voluntary, as well as mandatory restrictions on wood burning fires over the Christmas weekend.
Air quality officials are considering banning wood-burning this coming weekend after soot from holiday fires and stagnant air caused an unhealthy mix in San Francisco Bay area skies.
Following two fires in the past two weeks in San Jose involving Christmas trees, the fire department is issuing a checklist of safety precautions for a smooth holiday season.
Those who burn wood during Winter Spare the Air days are first given a warning, then fined for the second offense.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued its eighth Spare the Air alert for Wednesday and is predicting more could be issued later this week.
Weather conditions forecast for Wednesday are expected to create unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area, prompting the season’s fifth Winter Spare the Air Day.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Friday afternoon that air quality is expected to continue to be unhealthy and that burning wood, firelogs or any solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors, will be illegal all day Saturday.
Due to continued poor air quality around the Bay Area, Friday has been declared the third winter Spare the Air Day of the season.
For the second day in a row, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to refrain from burning wood.